Finally got around to watching The Take, a documentary about the movement to reclaim factories in Argentina.
The movie is good, but a little Hollywood — finds a protagonist and tries to package a messy movement into a more simplified story. Still worth checking out.
My friend Sean spent six months in Argentina, learning from workers about taking over factories and forming cooperatives. He talked about it on KBOO last year (Sean starts at 14:00).
Last night, workers at the Serious Materials factory (formerly Republic Windows and Doors) in Chicago won an 11-hour sit-in occupation at their workplace.
The deal, according to the union, requires the company to suspend plans to close the factory immediately. Instead the company will keep the plant open another 90 days.
The employees hope the extra time will enable them to find a buyer or purchase the factory themselves.
“We can run this company,” said Juan Cortez, who has worked more than 23 years in the factory. “We got smart people [to] manage the money. We can find customers. We know how to run the company.”